Dodoma — THE Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security has said Kilimo Kwanza programme in the country has been a success despite major challenges still facing the sector.
The Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Mr Adam Malima, said areas under irrigation farming have risen from 264,388 hectares in 2006/2007 up to 345,690 hectares in 2010/2011. He said there has been an increase in use of improved seeds due to subsidy programme and extension officers have more been doubled in the last six years.
The Minister was responding to a question posed by Ms Suzan Anselm Lyimo (Special Seats-CHADEMA) on the matter.
He said the initiative was being implemented through Agricultural Sector Development Programme (ASDP), also the Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor of Tanzania(SAGGOT).
Mr Malima said other successes were the construction of Ward Resource Centres, use of agro machines and power tillers. The Deputy minister mentioned the challenges as low productivity, unreliable markets, drought, climate change and poor infrastructure.
The Deputy Minister clarified that the government's desire was to deal with the challenges step by step through reviewing implementation of Tanzania Agricultural Food Security Investment Plan (TAFSIP).